Bill Gladson

Hampered by a lack of evidence, Fifth Circuit State Attorney William Gladson was ready to end an effort to clear the “Groveland Four,” a racially charged, 72-year-old case considered one of Florida’s worst miscarriages of justice.

“I went back to English common law to see if there was a way to challenge this,” Gladson said. “I looked at every writ, the writ of Coram Nobis (“the errors before us”), everything, but there was no procedural mechanism, no way this could be done without new evidence.”

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